Who is Spicehaus Partners?
Spicehaus Partners is an independent Swiss venture capital investor, 100% owned and self-funded by its founders. The founders uniquely combine institutional investment expertise and entrepreneurial experience, having previously founded and built their own companies as entrepreneurs. The team is deeply embedded in the Swiss startup ecosystem with access to proprietary investment opportunities.
What is a venture capital investor?
A venture capital investor or “VC” provides funding to startup companies that show high growth potential. These investments are typically made in exchange for equity ownership in the company. The primary goal of venture capital investors is to identify promising early-stage companies with innovative products or services and help them grow and succeed. They play a crucial role in the startup ecosystem by providing the necessary financial support and expertise that these companies need to scale their operations and achieve profitability.
What is Spicehaus Partners’ investment focus?
The Spicehaus Swiss Venture Fund II is a venture capital fund that invests predominantly in Swiss B2B software companies with international growth potential.
The main sector focus includes fintech/insurtech and deep tech – such as big data, cybersecurity, machine learning and robotics. The Fund prefers to invest with true entrepreneurs who want to build sustainably successful companies.
Where does Spicehaus Partners invest geographically?
We focus on Swiss B2B software companies with international growth potential. Switzerland is an innovation powerhouse and offers an excellent breeding ground for innovative companies. Swiss technology is a sign of quality and can be exported internationally. Swiss startups benefit from a catch-up effect compared to more mature venture markets such as the USA, UK or Israel, increasing international interest and an attractive exit market through companies that buy innovation. We firmly believe in the potential of emerging Swiss tech companies that will become internationally successful.
What is the preferred investment stage of Spicehaus Partners?
We primarily invest in Seed and Series A funding rounds. We invest after proof-of-concept, i.e. as soon as a company has a product and first paying customers.
How does Spicehaus Partners’ investment process look like?
Our investment process typically starts with the screening of your pitchbook and a first introduction video call. If there is mutual interest, we meet for a physical meeting to learn more about your team, your company and your vision. Our due diligence will include the most important areas of your company including your business plan, product/technology, team, market and key legal documents. After investing, we actively work with the founders of our portfolio companies to help them achieve their growth objectives .
Does Spicehaus Partners act as lead investor?
We are the lead investor in most of our investments, however, are happy to co-lead or invest alongside other investors.
What is Spicehaus Partners’ typical investment timeline?
We are efficiently structured with a lean and entrepreneurial approach and decision process. Investment decisions can be taken within weeks – in an ideal world. Experience shows, however, that it typically takes at least around six to eight weeks (or more) until a funding round is completed.
How can startups apply for funding from Spicehaus Partners?
Startups can submit their pitch decks and relevant information through the «Your Funding Round» section on our website. Our investment team will review every message, and if there is potential alignment, we will set up a first meeting or video call to get to know each other.
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